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Sarah Pearson

Job title: 
Principal Research Fellow, BA (Hons) MA (Dist)

Phone 0114 225 4902
E-mail s.pearson@shu.ac.uk

Sarah Pearson is a Principal Research Fellow at the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research and co-ordinator of the Centre’s Social and Economic Regeneration Team. She is an expert in project and programme evaluation and has particular interests in identifying the impact of complex interventions; neighbourhood and community regeneration; community engagement; and the voluntary and community sector.

Sarah is currently leading a number of studies which focus on innovative and robust approaches to identifying impact. These include a partnership with Doncaster council and evaluate a programme of services aimed at building community capacity and promoting independence and prevention in adult social care; an impact study of Holocaust Memorial Day; and an evaluation and learning contract for Making it Work, a Big Lottery Fund Scotland programme which is supporting lone parents into employment.

Research interests

Sarah's research interests include

  • Evaluation
  • Social impact
  • Neighbourhood and community regeneration
  • Community capacity and engagement
  • Role of the voluntary and community sector.

Current research projects

Please contact me for further details about these research projects and for summaries of the findings.

2014-2016 Supporting and Maintaining Independence Programme Evaluation, Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council. Role: Project Lead.

2013-2017 Evaluation and learning Contract Making it Work, Big Lottery Fund Scotland. Role: Project Lead.

2013-2015 Holocaust Memorial Day Impact Study, Holocaust Memorial Day Trust. Role: Project Lead.

2013-2014 Area regeneration and localisation: Evidence and Policy Review, Joseph Rowntree Foundation. Role: Project Lead.

Selected research reports

Please contact me for further details about these research projects and for summaries of the findings.

Crisp, R., McCarthy, L., Parr, S. and Pearson, S. (2016) Community-led approaches to reducing poverty in neighbourhoods: A review of evidence and practice. York: Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

Damm, C., Dayson, C., Gilbertson, J. and Pearson, S. (2016) Stockport Targeted Prevention Alliance. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Pearson, S., Batty, E., Dayson, C., Eadson, W., Sanderson, E., Lindsay, C. and Cullen, A.M. (2015) Making it Work: Learning and Evaluation Contract - Year Two Programme Report. London: Big Lottery Fund.

Pearson, S., Bennett, E., Batty, E. and Green, S. (2015) Evaluation of the Doncaster Community Fund Prospectus: final report. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Pearson, S. and Lindsay, C. (2015) Making It Work Learning and Evaluation Briefing 1: Engaging lone parents. London: Big Lottery Fund.

Pearson, S. and Lindsay, C. (2015) Making It Work Learning and Evaluation Briefing 2: Making the Case for Co-production. London: Big Lottery Fund.

Crisp, R., Gore, T., Pearson, S. and Tyler, P. with Clapham, D., Muir, J. and Robertson, D. (2014) Regeneration and poverty: evidence and policy review. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Dayson, C., Bashir, N. and Pearson, S. (2013) From dependence to independence: emerging lessons from the Rotherham Social Prescribing Pilot. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Dayson, C., Bashir, N. and Pearson, S. (2013) From dependence to independence: emerging lessons from the Rotherham Social Prescribing Pilot - Summary Report. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Bashir, N., Batty, E., Dayson, C., Pearson, S., Platts-Fowler, D., Sanderson, E., Wilson, I., Clague, L., Formby, E. and Wolstenholme, C. (2012) myplace Impact Evaluation Interim Report: Executive Summary. London: Big Lottery Fund.

Bashir, N., Batty, E., Dayson, C., Pearson, S., Platts-Fowler, D., Sanderson, E., Wilson, I., Clague, L., Formby, E. and Wolstenholme, C. (2012) myplace Impact Evaluation Interim Report.  London: Big Lottery Fund.

Pearson, S. and Gilbertson, J. (2011) Evaluation of  Financial Capability Project Sheffield. Sheffield: Financial Inclusion Services Yorkshire.

Pearson, S., Dayson, C., Eadson, W. and Gilbertson, G. (2011) Making  a Difference: Research on the Voluntary and Community Sector in Derbyshire. Wirksworth: Derbyshire Rural Community Council.

Pearson, S. with Wells, P., Dayson, C, Eadson, W., Gilbertson, J. and Walshaw, A. (2011) Sustaining the benefits of capital funding. London: Big Lottery.

Pearson, S. with Batty, E., Beatty, C., Foden, M., Lawless, P. and Wilson, I. (2010)  New Deal for Communities Evaluation Final Report, Volumes 1 to 7. London: CLG.

Pearson, S., Batty, E., Cook, B., Foden, M., Knight-Fordham, R. and Peters, J. (2010)Improving Health Outcomes in Deprived Communities: Evidence from the New Deal for Communities Programme. London: CLG.

Pearson, S. with Beatty, C., Lawless, P. and Wilson, I. (2009) Residential Mobility and Outcome Change in Deprived areas: Evidence from the New Deal for Communities Programme. London: CLG.

Pearson, S. with Fordham, G., Ardron, R., Batty, E., Clarke, C., Cook, B., Fuller, C., Meegan, R. and Turner, R. (2009) Improving Outcomes? Engaging Residents in the New Deal for Communities Programme. London: CLG.

Pearson, S. (2008) Delivering Safer Neighbourhoods: Experiences from the New Deal for Communities Programme. London: CLG.

Pearson, S. with Coule, T. and Macmillan, R. (2008) Valuing the Voluntary and Community Sector in Rotherham in 2008. Rotherham: Voluntary Action Rotherham.

Pearson, S. and Foden, M. (2008) Running a Regeneration Programme: The experiences of residents on the boards of New Deal for Communities Partnerships. London: CLG.

Pearson, S., Batty, E. and Macmillan, R. (2006) The future of neighbourhood level infrastructure in Rotherham.

Pearson, S. with Batty, E., Beatty, C., Foden, M., Lawless, P. and Wilson, I. (2005) New Deal for Communities 2001-2005: An Interim Evaluation, NRU Research Report 17. NDC Evaluation Consortium.

Pearson, S., Northmore, S., Morgan, G. and Taylor, M. (2003) An Evaluation of Community Fund Grant Making to Voluntary Sector Infrastructure Organisations. Community Fund.

Pearson, S. with Morgan, G. (2001) The Role of Councils for Voluntary Service in the Social Inclusion Agenda. Sheffield: National Association of Councils for Voluntary Service.

Academic publications

Lawless, P. and Pearson, S. (2012) Outcomes from community engagement in urban regeneration: evidence from England's New Deal for Communities Programme. Planning Theory and Practice, 13 (4), pp. 509-527.

Pearson, S. and Lawless, P. (2011) Population mobility in regeneration areas: Trends, drivers and implications: Evidence from England's New Deal for Communities Programme. Environment and Planning A, 44 (8), pp 2023-2039. London, Pion Publishing.

Pearson, S. (2009) How Low Should you go? Neighbourhood level interventions in the crime and community safety theme of New Deal for Communities. People, Policy and Place Online,  3 (1), pp 48-57.

Pearson, S. (2001) 'Local Government, Anti-Poverty Strategies and Partnership Working,' In: S. Balloch and M. Taylor, (eds.), Partnership Working: Policy and Practice. Bristol, Policy Press.

Pearson, S. and Craig, G. (2001) 'Community Participation in Strategic Partnerships in the UK', In: J. Pierson, (ed.), Rebuilding Community: The Policy and Practice of Urban Regeneration. London, Macmillan.

Recent conference and seminar papers

Pearson, S. (2010) Does involving local people in regeneration programmes contribute to community cohesion and well-being? NCVO/VSSN Researching the voluntary sector conference 2010, Leeds, September

Pearson, S. (2004) Funding for Civil Renewal: Developing the capacities of local voluntary sector infrastructure. NCVO Researching the Voluntary Sector Conference, Sheffield, September.

PhD supervision

Topics supervised include

  • The impact of public service delivery on voluntary and community organisations
  • Delivering Sure Start in a Multi-ethnic area: Power and Participation in Tinsley, Sheffield
  • Community Participation, Power and Democracy: A cross-national comparative study of the participatory budgeting process in Porto Alegre, Brazil and the New Deal for Communities regeneration programme, Hull, UK

I would welcome discussions and enquiries in relation to the supervision of students in these fields and other areas: community regeneration, role and funding of the voluntary and community sector, community sector infrastructure, community participation.

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Key clients

Big Lottery Fund
Coal Industry Social Welfare Organisation
Department for Work and Pensions
Office for the Deputy Prime Minister
Voluntary Action Rotherham
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